Hunter Shea, author of Swamp Monster Massacre and Forest of Shadows, has stopped by during our Keepers of the Crypt event to talk about Bigfoot and other monsters, as well as give away a free copy of Forest of Shadows and a few bookmarks.
Thanks for taking some time to visit with us, Hunter.
The Monsters in our Midst
By Hunter Shea
This is the time of year when hope springs eternal for me. Autumn has begun the steady decay of life that sprouted in spring. There’s a chill in the air. Night comes to greet us a little earlier each day. And maybe, just maybe, this is the year we learn that some monsters are real. Oh, they may not be under the bed, but they’re out there, watching, waiting.
Monsters? You probably think I have a few loose screws. But today’s monster is just tomorrow’s zoo inmate. It wasn’t too long ago when gorillas were the thing of myth and nightmare. Now all I have to do to see one is head down the Bronx River Parkway and make my way to the ape section of the Bronx Zoo.
And wouldn’t it just be poetic to discover a monster this month, when Halloween has us in its dastardly grip and horror is everywhere you look? Somewhere out there, I hope a cryptozoologist’s dream is ready to come true.
What kind of monsters could our modern world possibly possess?
Ah, there be many. From sea and lake creatures, to the Jersey Devil, big cats, the Chupacabra, lost dinosaurs and my personal favorite, Bigfoot. The large wild man goes by many names and has been seen on almost every continent. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. At least, that’s what I hope.
Because of all the monsters that lurk in the shadows, Bigfoot is the most intriguing. Are they a lost branch of the homo sapien tree? Or are they something entirely different? If they are related, what can they tell us about our true nature? Can they feel love? Hate? Loss? Happiness? Revenge?
The story of Bigfoot has intrigued me for years. It inspired me to write a book, Swamp Monster Massacre, using the Floridian version, the pungent Skunk Ape. Because if they are like us, and if we somehow did something to hurt them, how would they react? Violently, I suppose. Yes, if they are in any way related to man, their version of primitive justice would be swift and terrible.
So for you campers out there, sleep tight. For the rest of us, keep hope alive. And pray the zoo hasn’t been made that could contain our monstrous cousin.
One e-book copy of Hunter’s first book, Forest of Shadows, International.
5 signed bookmarks are up for grabs. US only!
To enter the Giveaway, all you have to do is drop down and leave a comment, making sure to leave either your email addy or your Twitter ID, whichever method of contact you prefer.
One winner will win the Forest of Shadows e-book, and five others will grab a signed bookmark to add to your bookmark collection. Come on, don’t tell me I’m the only one that has one of those.
You can also get extra entries by tweeting the following message. Just leave the link to the tweet in the comments.
Tweet: I want to enter the Forest of Shadows with Hunter Shea. http://tinyurl.com/78k886h
Giveaway ends October 17, 2012 at midnight CST.
The dead still hate!
Something dreadful happened in the remote Alaskan cabin. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.
“With Forest of Shadows, Hunter Shea combines ancient evil, old school horror and modern style. Highly recommended!” — Jonathan Mayberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot and Ruin and The Dragon Factory.
About the Author
I’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. Luckily, I’ve managed to make a love of all things ghostly and beastly into a career. It’s nice not to have to write for free anymore.
I’ve published several books and a slew of horror short stories over the years in magazines like Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, The Harrow, Tabard Inn, Deadline & Ethereal Tales, just to name a few. My latest novel, Forest of Shadows, is available through Samhain Publishing and their new horror line. Evil Eternal, what’s been described as Gran Guignol at its best and bloodiest, will be available in May 2012.
I’m also proud to be be one half of the Monster Men podcast, where my partner in crime Jack Campisi and I talk about all things horror with our own, sarcastic twist. All horror and no humor makes Hunter and Jack dull boys.
Feel free to contact me any time at email@example.com. Writing is lonely work.